So miracles do happen, at least when it comes to Lewis Hamilton and the Hungarian Grand Prix.
That's what the Mercedes driver said it would take to win the race
after he had taken a third consecutive pole position on Saturday, and yet Hamilton went and produced one of the season's most dominant wins
on a track that seems as if it might have been created for him.
Of course, Hamilton is blindingly fast anywhere, but he has a special relationship with this deceptively challenging, dusty little autodrome 12 miles or so outside historic and beautiful Budapest.
This was Hamilton's fourth win there in seven visits to the track, and his fourth pole position as well.
Hamilton is, as Mercedes executive director Paddy Lowe says, "pretty special" around there. Lowe should know - he has watched all those wins from within, having left McLaren, where he was technical director for several years, only this year to join Mercedes.
The cards did fall for Hamilton in the race to make it easier than it might otherwise have been, in that his main rivals Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull and Lotus's Romain Grosjean were taken out of the fight for victory after tangles with other drivers. But by then they were already on the back foot, with Hamilton 10 seconds up the road.
Hamilton in Hungary
Lewis Hamilton has won four times in seven attempts at the Hungaroring, taking victories with former team McLaren in 2007, 2009 & 2012
He earned himself that position with typically incisive and aggressive driving.
Rejoining after his first pit stop, he found himself behind McLaren's Jenson Button, and knew if he got stuck there it could wreck his race.
Within a lap, he was past his former team-mate, diving down the inside into Turn One.
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